Classic Car Watch
A Dodge Dart Drives Inspiration
May 1, 2007
By Scott Lewis
I have been looking for a reason to use a car. I found it at the end of 2006. I realize I wanted to try and keep the cars here more current, like this was a real search, but I have need a reason to use this one. The car is a Dodge Dart. It is equipped with a Slant 6, but with Rallye wheels and Demon 340 graphics. Hardly even thought of as a clone with the Slant 6, I like it. The price is reasonable, the condition is excellent and it would make a great daily driver.
So, what other cars could I put with it. Well, I tried to find a couple of other "economy" cars from the era. In the end I didn't find anything I liked better.
1972 Dodge Dart - $10,000 (Preferred Car)
Description: Correct B5 Blue with the blue interior, factory Rallye wheels, and Demon 340 graphics. Absolutely mint condition 22,756 actual miles car! This car literally looks and drives like brand new. The car is 100% factory original except for one repaint in the correct B5 Blue color, the factory Rallye wheels, and the 340 Demon graphics. The original metal is factory perfect and there has never been any body work or any replacement panels. The original interior is in incredible condition.
NADA: $3,938 - $6,975
Comments: I no I am trying to keep my picks more current, but I wanted to use this one for a few month, but never got the chance. This car sold late in the winter (or at least that was when I saw it removed from their web site.
This car would be perfect for a daily driver classic. The six cylinder would make for decent fuel economy, yet it looks like a performance car. Perfect. Of course I would have to add air conditioning and a decent stereo, but that should be easy with the money left over from a $15K budget. I would probably even try adding a four barrel carb and a decent exhaust to give it a little more punch.
1971 Chevrolet Nova - $12,500
Description: 1971 Nova w/ SS Hood, Frame off restoration! (except paint) $5,500 in 350 engine. TH350 tranny, with promatic shifter. Factory A/C car. Clean undercarriage. Dual Flowmaster exhaust, 2 10 inch subs, and CD Player. Runs perfect.
Source: Collector Car Trader
Comments: This car is in the same genre as the Dart above. The Nova was Chevrolet's economy car, and lots of them had six cylinders. This one has a V-8, which is a plus. The air conditioning is not complete, so this will be a problem. Finally, this car is located in Texas! That means I have a very real chance to go see it.
1973 Dodge Dart Sport 340 - $14,500
Description: Matching #’s 340-V8, Auto In Floor Console, Buckets, Power steering, Power Disc Brakes, Dual Exhaust, A/C Car, Go-Wing, Original Factory Hood Scoop, Crager Wheels, A REAL 340 "H" Code Dart Sport w/ Vin # LM29H3, FenderTag, Straight & Solid Mopar, Very Nice Driver!
NADA: $6,710 - $11,275
Source: Texas Toy Box
Comments: Here's the real thing. A Dart with the 340 V-8 and air conditioning. I am noticing that the "Go Wing" is getting very popular to add to any Mopar. I am getting tired of seeing it. This bright yellow car is a little to bright for my tastes, but overall this should be a great little performance car... even with the big bumpers introduced in 73.
1970 Ford Maverick - $7,475
Description: With only 7,985 actual miles on it, this vehicle is in very good condition. It is equipped with a 6 cylinder engine and automatic transmission. It has pop out rear quarter glass, door edge guards and P185-75R14 white wall tires. The vinyl interior is like new. The body and paint are in very good condition.
NADA: $2,480 - $3,760
Source: Classic Auto Showplace Ltd.
Comments: Can they document the mileage on this car. If so I would love it. Like driving a time machine. If this car was in a cooler color, or they had put some nice wheels on it I would have moved it up to the preferred car. As it is I really like the potential, and would do it because of the price. I would look into adding a/c and try to make it look more like a Econo-Muscle Car.
1967 Ford Mustang - $13,900
Description: 1967 Ford Mustang two door hardtop with the original 289 V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, vinyl top, bucket seats, and factory cold a/c. This great three owner driver has many new parts and is located in our New Braunfels showroom.
NADA: $14,490 - $24,150
Comments: This car is at a dealer I pass everyday on my way to work. I like Mustangs, and I really like the interior of this one. I am not thrilled with the vinyl top, or this car might have overridden this month's preferred car, which was something I had planned from the beginning.